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Release This: DS  Chrono Trigger  Heads Stateside; Japan Gets  Layton  Sequel

Release This: DS Chrono Trigger Heads Stateside; Japan Gets Layton Sequel

November 24, 2008 | By Danny Cowan

November 24, 2008 | By Danny Cowan
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Gamasutra's regular round-up of worldwide video game releases, "Release This!", takes a look at every game title we know to be shipping to stores this week, in an exclusively compiled list.

A Nintendo DS remake of Chrono Trigger heads this week's multiplatform lineup in North America, joining console offerings like Winter Sports 2 and NPPL Championship Paintball 2009.

Gamers in the UK are set to receive Sonic Unleashed and Resistance 2, as Japan prepares for the Professor Layton sequel Layton Kyouju to Saigo no Jikan Ryokou.

The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending November 29th, 2008.

Games Released in the United States:

Nintendo Wii:
- AMF Bowling World Lanes
- Cake Mania: In the Mix!
- Championship Foosball
- Chrysler Classic Racing
- Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine
- The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga
- Safecracker
- Skate City Heroes
- Ski and Shoot
- Winter Sports 2: The Next Challenge

Xbox 360:
- NPPL Championship Paintball 2009
Nintendo DS:
- Age of Empire: Mythologies
- All Star Cheer Squad
- Chrono Trigger
- Chrysler Classic Racing
- Cradle of Rome
- Emma in the Mountains
- Imagine: Gymnast
- Neopets Puzzle Adventure
- Personal Trainer: Cooking
- Syberia

PC:
- Band Manager
- Bolt
- Call of Atlantis
- Chronicles of Mystery: The Scorpio Ritual
- The Chronicles of Spellborn
- Puzzlegeddon

The traditional pre-holiday release rush appears to be ending in North America, as this week offers up considerably fewer multiplatform debuts than previous weeks. Console offerings are sparse, with the Xbox 360 featuring only one new title in NPPL Championship Paintball 2009, while the Nintendo Wii receives a lineup that largely consists of cross-console ports and budget releases.

A remake of Square Enix's classic Super NES RPG Chrono Trigger headlines this week's portable offerings. Nintendo DS owners will also see Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force, along with the puzzlers Cradle of Rome and Neopets Puzzle Adventure.

Games Released in Europe:

Nintendo Wii:
- Babysitting Party
- Blast Works: Build, Fuse & Destroy
- Deal or no Deal: The Banker is Back!
- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
- Monster Lab
- PopStar Guitar
- Sam & Max: Season One
- Sonic Unleashed

Xbox 360:
- Armored Core For Answer
- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
- Sonic Unleashed
- You're in the Movies

PlayStation 3:
- Armored Core For Answer
- Disney Sing It! High School Muscial 3: Senior Year
- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
- Resistance 2

PlayStation 2:
- Disney Sing It! High School Muscial 3: Senior Year
- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
- Sonic Unleashed
- TT Superbikes Legends
Nintendo DS:
- Blended
- Bratz: Kidz
- Drivers Ed Portable
- Emma at the Farm
- Football Director DS
- Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams
- International Athletics
- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
- My Baby Boy
- My Baby Girl
- Ninjatown
- Peppa Pig
- Petz: My Puppy Family
- Planet Rescue: Animal Emergency
- Planet Rescue: Endangered Island
- Planet Rescue: Ocean Patrol
- Professor Heinz Wolff's Gravity

PlayStation Portable:
- Buzz! Brain Bender
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Tag Force 3

PC:
- Bella Sara
- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
- Shaun White Snowboarding

Many of this week's planned European releases are set to hit store shelves in the UK before they arrive in other regions. Gamers in Europe will see a region-exclusive entry in Disney's Sing It! karaoke series this week on the PlayStation 2 and PS3, along with a trio of Planet Rescue releases on the Nintendo DS. Other UK-exclusive portable debuts include Petz: My Puppy Family, Professor Heinz Wolff's Gravity and Peppa Pig for the Nintendo DS, while PSP owners receive the Sony-published Buzz! Brain Bender and Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Tag Force 3.

Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo Wii:
- Hataraku Hito
- Kotoba no Puzzle: Mojipittan Wii Deluxe
- Naruto Shippuuden: Gekitou Ninja Taisen EX 3
- Rune Factory Frontier

Xbox 360:
- Agarest Senki: Rapier Lance
- Far Cry 2
- Major League Baseball 2K8
- World Soccer Winning Eleven 2009

PlayStation 3:
- Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway
- World Soccer Winning Eleven 2009

PlayStation 2:
- Junjou Romanchika
- Moe Moe 2-ji Taisen Ryoku Deluxe
- Monochrome Factor: Cross Road
- Murasaki no Honoo
- Naxat Soft Reachmania Vol. 1: CR Galaxy Angel
Nintendo DS:
- Bakumatsu Koihana: Shinsengumi DS
- The Conveni DS: Otona no Keiei Ryoku Training
- Higurashi no Nakukoru ni Kizuna: Dai-Ni-Kan - Sou
- Kaite Oboeru: Dora-Gana
- Keiki J.B. Harold Jikenbo: Manhattan Requiem & Kiss of Murder
- Layton Kyouju to Saigo no Jikan Ryokou
- Moshimo!? Kinen Surunara...
- Moshimo!? Saibanin ni Eribaretara...
- Shiseido Beauty Solution Kaihatsu Center Kanshuu: Project Beauty
- Simple DS Series Vol. 45: The Misshitsukara no Dasshutsu 2
- Tamagotchi Kira Kira Omisecchi

PlayStation Portable:
- Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki Set
- Higurashi Daybreak Portable
- Hoshiiro no Okurimono Portable
- Kenka Banchou 3: Zenkoku Seiha
- Moe Moe 2-ji Taisen Ryoku Deluxe
- Musou Orochi: Maou Sairin
- Patapon 2: Don-Chaka
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX: Tag Force 3

Nintendo's long-awaited Professor Layton franchise sequel Layton Kyouju to Saigo no Jikan Ryokou debuts this week in Japan, arriving as the week's single most-preordered title across all platforms at online retailer Amazon.co.jp. The title debuts as the third entry in the Layton series -- last year's sequel, Layton Kyouju to Akuma no Hako, has yet to be announced for release in any region outside of Japan.

The PlayStation Portable is set to see a sequel to last year's rhythm-action hit Patapon, meanwhile, as Wii owners receive anticipated releases like Naruto Shippuuden: Gekitou Ninja Taisen EX 3 and Rune Factory Frontier.



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